Gap Year USA!
With vast land mass, regional differences and cultural pockets at every turn, the United States offers a truly diverse array of experiences.
The Lattitude programme in USA puts volunteers in rural communities, helping with daily farming tasks, education and other activities for residents with disabilities. Volunteers live side by side with residents in a family atmosphere creating a unique and rewarding experience for all involved.
Our US placements are Community Volunteer opportunities where volunteers live and work in a farming community and assist in a school for people with disabilities.
On the farms, volunteers spend the mornings working alongside residents and other community members doing a wide range of activities such as milking cows, tending the organic gardens, maintenance projects and managing the community store. After a break for lunch, afternoons are spent participating in lessons, art classes and movement activities.
In the school volunteers follow a similar schedule but much of the time is spent supporting younger residents with their curriculum. Volunteers support teachers in the classroom and extracurricular activities like bike riding, art or movement therapy.
Living in community is a hugely rewarding experience. You’ll learn to live with others and share in community life. Volunteers have “family” responsibilities in the home in addition to helping residents complete their tasks throughout the day. Volunteers in our US programme are those who are ready to jump right in and are keen to work and live in groups.
Placements are for 12 months and the longer term is strongly encouraged as it can take a while to settle in, but there may be the possibility for a 6 month placement in some cases.
The communities where we place volunteers in the US are all located on gorgeous farms and schools in rural parts of the north eastern United States just outside of New York City and Philadelphia.
Accommodation & Food
Both accommodation and food are provided by the host. Volunteers are usually accommodated in their own bedrooms in modern homes located on the community properties. Each house serves as the living hub for three to six volunteers and a similar number of residents with disabilities.
Placement locations are in rural communities but all are within a 2-hour train ride of New York City and other cities on the eastern seaboard. Time off is given for holidays so there will be plenty of time to explore and scratch the sight-seeing itch. With so many major metropolitan areas just a short train ride or flight away, there will be plenty to see and do!
Lattitude Application Fee – £50
The application fee covers the cost of processing applications and conducting interviews.
All applicants are guaranteed an interview. This fee is non-refundable.
Lattitude Placement Fee:
UK/EU nationals £2,450
Other nationals US$3450
• In depth matching process to align your skills and interests with a placement that really suits you
• Assigned Volunteer Coordinator to help with all your pre-departure advice and guidance
• Links with returned volunteers
• Advice on obtaining police checks
• Advice on obtaining a Visa
• Pre-departure briefing seminar
• Airport pickup on arrival
• Arrangements for SIM cards & bank accounts
• Accommodation for the duration of stay (either with a host family or on placement site)
• Food provided by host (may not include every meal, but you will know what to expect before your arrival)
• Day to day support from your placement host and a member of staff as your mentor
• 24/7 support from Lattitude, including in-country support from local reps and the Lattitude Country Manager
• Focus on your personal volunteer learning and development
• Returned Volunteer follow up and Debrief Event
• Opportunity to join the Lattitude Alumni Association
• Certificate of completion and references (on request)
What’s not included:
In addition to the Lattitude fees above, volunteers will be required to pay for their own international flights, travel insurance and any visa costs. Lattitude staff will assist you in making these arrangements.
• International Flights
• Travel Insurance
• GP medical clearance
• Travel doctor consultation (recommended)
• Vaccinations (if applicable)
• Onward travel to placement (if applicable)
• Pocket Money for weekends/ holidays/post-placement travel
• Accommodation and food during holiday periods
As a charity we always recommend our volunteers to fundraise to help meet the costs involved in volunteering overseas. In many ways it is part of the whole experience. For more information and fundraising ideas please click here.